Against all odds: Student, 24, overcomes rare brain condition to graduate with law degree

Against all odds: Student, 24, overcomes rare brain condition to graduate with law degree

- Chanté was diagnosed with a rare brain condition during her 3rd year at university

- She missed a year of studies while undergoing treatment and surgery

- However, this didn't stop her from completing her law degree

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A 24-year-old University of the Western Cape student has graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree despite having a rare brain condition.

Chanté Heynes was in her third year of study when doctors discovered she had idiopathic intracranial hypertension. This was a result of a car accident she suffered in 2014.

The condition caused her severe headaches and left her visually impaired, learned.

Chanté went through two years of treatment to relieve pressure in her brain caused by fluid buildup. In the process, she lost one year of study.

She also had surgery last year to insert a shunt and tube into her brain to help filter fluid into her abdomen.

Depsite all this, she never gave up on her studies and graduated on 6 April. In addition, she has already started her Master of Law degree.

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Speaking to Cape Times, she thanked her family and university for their support:

Since my diagnosis, I cannot put into words the support I received from my family; they were incredible and were there when I needed it.
The university, through its office for students with special needs, assisted with study materials, a psychologist, a separate study and exam location, and I returned two months earlier to complete my final year.

Chanté plans to focus on criminal law in order to help in the fight against corruption in South Africa. Her mom, Valencia, praised her courage and hard work against all odds.

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